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    Crime Prevention Through Building Codes

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    Recently, throughout the crime prevention field, there has been a great deal of discussion concerning the advantages of strategies that prevent crime by reducing the opportunity for criminal occurrence. These discussions encompass Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, Community Crime Prevention Planning, Police Role in Crime Prevention, and, the topic of this paper, Security Code Implementation. This topic encompasses the advantages of establishing minimum security standards, increasing citizen awareness of security, and legitimizing crime prevention as a responsibility of the community.

    This paper will discuss the types of building security codes and the processes by which they are implemented and complied with. The evaluation of a code's effectiveness will be elaborated upon, and sources of resistance to code implementation outlined. Finally, recommendations are made for successful adoption of security codes in your community.


    building security, crime prevention, security codes, community awareness, code implementation

    Author Information:

    Atlas, R
    Architectural specialist, School of Criminology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

    Committee/Subcommittee: F12.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28080S